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Author: McMann, Lisa
Book one--Magical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have spent their entire lives wishing for an adventure. When a dragon shows up claiming that his family is being kept as slaves in their homeland, the twins sneak off to the land of the dragons to help them.
Unwanteds Quests, Bk. 1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 187953
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 71931
Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/15/16)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2017 Twins Fifer and Thisbe have phenomenal magical powers—far beyond those of their peers. But kept in protective custody by their brother, the head mage, they have never had the opportunity to learn to control that magic. When Hux, the ice-blue dragon, visits their land for the first time in years, he begs help from the humans to return with him to where the dragons are under the cruel clutches of the Revinir. The twins, deciding that this is their chance to prove their worthiness, sneak off on Hux. When they almost fall to their death off the dragon’s back over an endless abyss, they begin to realize the magnitude of their decision. This is the first book in a new series picking up 10 years after the events of the seventh and final book in the Unwanteds series. McMann has created a delightfully complex world; a significant portion of the book is dedicated to explaining the rules, magic, and so on. It may or may not hook new readers, but for those familiar, it’s an exciting new journey inside a fascinating world. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Now they have done it. Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer have defied their brother, Alex, leader of the magical land Artimé, in a most spectacular way. They have jumped on the back of an ice blue dragon with their best friend Seth to build new wings for the creature, Hux, and his siblings. Thisbe and Fifer might have the most powerful magic of anyone, but untrained (their brother has forbidden them to learn magic) and untested, they are unprepared for the land of dragons—a place of slaves and slave traders, where even dragons are cruelly held captive by the powerful Revinir. Thisbe and Fifer soon find their unique jet black eyes make them the most valuable possession of all. Not even the flying stone cat Simber, whom readers will remember from previous "Unwanteds" books, can save them. Artimé has been at peace for 10 years, and a new generation of children only hear stories about the danger and violence that took place when the islands were in turmoil. No one wants to return to that time, but there might be little choice. McMann has created another heart-racing adventure. Fans of the series will jump right in to see how their favorite characters have grown and what will happen next in this well-crafted world. The ending, which leaves both girls' lives hanging in the balance, guarantees continued quests for this new generation of Unwanteds. VERDICT A worthy title, recommended for any collection in which the original series was popular.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.